Friday, 8 April 2011

Australia in the Round

Yesterday, another teacher and I took our (adult) students to the Blue Mountains village of Glenbrook to view Aitkens' "Australia in the Round".

We travelled by train from Blacktown to Glenbrook then walked for ten minutes from the station to the gallery. The gallery is at the rear of The Blue Mountains Cafe and Gift Shop, in Wascoe St.

Our students are unlikely to travel to some of the places shown in the paintings - some are 4,000 kilometres (2500 miles) from where we viewed the paintings - so it was good for them to look at landscapes they would never see otherwise.

Uluru (a.k.a. Ayers Rock), Northern Territory
But, what was more impressive and educationally perhaps more useful, at least from my point of view, were the simulated landscapes, complete with fauna and flora, in front of the paintings. Real red dust had been brought from Central Australia. Animals had been carefully "stuffed" (apologies to any taximdermists out here) and posed realistically. If the students had been quiet (which, of course, they weren't), they would have been able to hear the soundtrack of nature - Australian style.

kookaburra (a.k.a. Laughing Jackass)

Photography was not allowed in the gallery so I have downloaded some photos to share with you. These photos do not show the real beauty of the paintings but they do give you a glimpse of what we saw.

the Jamieson Valley
I am a strong believer in copyright and uphold the right of the artist (Falk Kautzner) and Mr Aitken (the owner of the gallery) to not allow photos to be taken in the gallery. I also uphold the rights of photographers not to have their work claimed as my own. However, I have no qualms about using these photos - I have stated where they came from and am giving the gallery the publicity for which these photos were taken in the first place.

If you are ever in Glenbrook in the Blue Mountains, do visit the gallery (the food and service at the Cafe are excellent too) but be warned - there is a charge to view the paintings.

If you can't make it, the website is here: you can view all the paintings; which is not as good as visiting but "virtual reality" is better than nothing.

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful-all the things that define the allure of the Australian countryside!


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